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“An experience uniquely Nicaraguan. Don't miss!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas)

Museum of Legends and Traditions (Museo de Tradiciones y Leyendas)
across from Iglesia San Sebastion, Leon, Nicaragua
505 311 2116
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Ranked #10 of 31 things to do in Leon
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Matagalpa, Nicaragua
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“An experience uniquely Nicaraguan. Don't miss!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The Museum of Legends and Traditions brings together haunting history (since it's set in an old Somoza jail) and old Nicaraguan wives tales. The legends are recreated by paper mache figures and placed throughout the jail cells. The tour is just short of an hour and you will become well versed on all the crazy (and somewhat hilarious) fables of the region. At the end of the tour, you get to walk along the walls as if you were one of the guards.

The highlight of the tour was the guide. The Museum is mostly managed by Nicaraguan volunteers who are motivated by their passion and love for their country and their desire to share it with others. It was obvious that our guide was honored to have us there and took great pride in the quality of the tour he was giving. He gave us complimentary mangoes from a mango tree in the court yard and another volunteer came out to show us some folkloric dance moves. We enjoyed chatting and talking about our lives and Nicaragua.

I left the tour with a smile on my face and my spirits lifted. It's little things like this that make me really appreciate Nicaragua.

Visited April 2013
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Hoodsport
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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“Interesting once one gets past the revolution.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The Legends and Traditions were enlighting for the relationships between male and female. Everything stated to me was women were second class and the show of male domination was a primary change of thought.

Visited February 2013
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“Just plain fun”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

If you are looking to beam used, then this place could be for you. The tour guide seemed to enjoy the tour also. It was weird but worth it.

Visited March 2013
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Vancouver
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“Interesting.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

This small museum was a bit tough to find but was worth the effort. Even though our guide did not speak english we managed to grasp the overall effect of the brutal prison history balanced with the local legends and costumes.

Visited March 2013
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“Great tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

You have to go to this museum because it is just so Nicaraguan. And not just talking about the content, but the actual style of the exhibitions. I went with a small group and had a tour of the museum in Spanish and learned so much about myths and legends in Nicaraguan history. It's enjoyable to listen to the stories and at the same time gives you insight into how the ideas (can) play into current culture. It's really inexpensive definitely worth going to.

Visited December 2012
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